Summer is the time we all plan a change. Kids have their vacation for more than a month, we avail earned leaves, go for family outings, are eager to fulfill our long commitments to our near and dears and so on. However, the strong sun’s rays can play a roller coaster ride with our plans if we don’t take the following into consideration.
- Drink minimum ten glasses of water a day and don’t wait till you are thirsty. Due to faster body metabolism and heat, more water is excreted out of the body which needs to be replenished with electrolytes like glucose. Most of us wait till we are thirsty to drink water or any other liquid. This is a wrong practice till the time our body realizes that we are thirsty, the body is already dehydrated and it is already late for the water to be replenished.
- Avoid carbonated liquids as they contain preservatives, added colors and flavors.
Moreover the thirst is rarely quenched with these carbonated beverages.
- Raw mango helps fight heat when consumed in form of squash or consumed raw.
- Fresh juices of orange, sweet lime, watermelon and the like are ideal supplies of minerals and vitamins.
- Lemon, Barley water and other liquids which act as body cleansers are good quenchers for thirst. Coconut water is a sterile option to provide good vitamins and minerals to the body.
- Avoid moving out between noon and two P.M when the sun’s rays are at it’s peak and ultraviolet rays can harm maximum. Even during other hours, a sun screen with an SPF of 15 is indispensable on the skin.
- The eyes need protection from the sun too. Good sunglasses with protection against UV rays is important. Don’t judge the glasses with it’s color. There is a film on the lens which avoids penetration of UV rays. A bigger frame would do wonders by offering better protection from UV rays.
- Rose water can act as a coolant for the eyes when they are over tired or are watering or itching due to heat.
- Many allergens increase in the environment during summers. Hence the nourishment should be adequate through the food we eat so that good supplements of zinc, vitamins and other minerals which act as antioxidants are supplied to the body. Vitamin B, C , E and carotenoids all boost the immune system to fight the allergens.
- Eat smartly by avoiding fried, salty and junk food. Get adequate quantities of balanced diet. While traveling or during picnics substitute snacks and junk food with fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Use an air conditioner if possible during sleep or take a good bath before going to bed to ensure good quality of sleep and avoid prickly heat.
- Never compromise on the number of hours you sleep and ensure you are active after seven hours of sleep. Sleeping more than seven hours a day can make you lazy than never before.